Wednesday 19 April 2017

​Hill ready for kick off

Midfielder Maddie Hill eager to get the Spring Series started

Sunderland Ladies will kick off their FA Women’s Super League Spring Series with a trip to Birmingham City Ladies on Sunday (kick off 2pm).

It has been a long wait for league action but the team have been busy working hard at the Academy of Light in preparation for the season ahead.

Sunderland v Arsenal

Sunderland v Arsenal

Midfielder Maddie Hill is excited to be back on the pitch and looking forward to the season ahead. The Canadian born player has successfully made the step up from the Development team into the first team and is looking forward to encouraging some of the younger players who are breaking into the team for the Spring Series.

“It has been a long pre-season,” said Hill “But it has been good. We have had some departures from the club but that has meant some of the development team have had the opportunity to step up.

“Even though that was me not that long ago, I feel a responsibility to help the younger players. It was a role that I had as captain of the development team but then when I stepped up to the first team I was the inexperienced one.

It has been a natural thing for me to encourage the younger girls stepping up and there are quite a few of us on the team that do that.”

Although there is no relegation in the Spring Series, it is expected to be as competitive as ever, especially with big-name signings to the league such as Carli Lloyd, Crystal Dunn and Kim Little.

“Every match is going to be a tough one in this league,” admits Hill. “Birmingham will be a good test for us to open the season with. They have made a few signings but we have worked hard in pre-season and added quality to our squad as well.

“We’ve worked really hard over the past few months as a group, and those tough sessions bring you closer together as a team. We all feel like we’re on the right track now.”

The match will be the first league game in charge for new Head Coach Mel Reay, and according to Hill, she has already made a positive impact on the squad.

“Mel has been great and helped to create a team identity for how we want play and given us a clear direction and focus,” said Hill. “We have prepared really well for the game at the weekend and we cannot wait to get the season underway.”

Sunderland take on Birmingham City on Sunday 23 April 2017 2pm at Solihull Moors FC with tickets available here https://www.eticketing.co.uk/bcfc/Events/Index

The Lady Black Cats’ first home game of the season will be one week later as they take on Arsenal Ladies at the Hetton Centre on Sunday 30th April, kick off 2pm. Tickets for that match are available here https://sales.webticketmanager.com/default.aspx?companyid=994

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